Dear all read lots about this American epa thing. What does epa stand for and what is the delay and why. Help!
It is red tape (it's publishing calculated fuel efficiency data, not fixing a fundamental safety issue) and it is a poor show and it isn't bashing MINI.The EPA is testing the MINI Hardtop on September 16th and they are hoping to have the results back on the 21st allowing them to release the cars on October 1st.
They switched engines on the Cooper S HT to the SULE(V) B46 engine - that might have something to do with the delay. Why the Cooper also? Not sure, best not to speculate
To the "red tape" and "poor show" statement above - please do not perpetuate the wrong ideas. There are so many LOYAL MOTORISTS that are willing to bash MINI at the drop of a hat. If you have any doubt about the speed this is moving along, please do more research about what is involved. How long processes take even at full speed. Look at all the steps there are in certifying a car with the EPA. There is a lot to do!
As I said in another thread, MINI wants to sell these cars to us. That's what a business does. They want to figure this out and get our Hardtops delivered ASAP.
Going slow (and not making future mistakes) is to protect us as drivers.
Hey Leslie I don't think GM or Toyota care about customers. They sell so many cars it's just about the bottom line. BMW have historically taken matters personally. I know from a 1994 experience. I'm happy that they have taken care of those including yourself in need of an auto. Looking forward to seeing you MiniThank you Peter et al for commenting on this.
This issue has affected me directly and the topic has my keen interest. My angst declined greatly shortly after BMW/MINI and my dealer granted a loaner MINI to me; I seriously NEEDED a vehicle and had that not occurred I most likely would have had to abandon my 2015 MINI in Baltimore and make difficult choices.
Whatever the cause, regardless of fault, they demonstrated that they would take care of me. I wonder if any of the other car companies have done this before? GM, Toyota maybe?
Anyway, I'm no longer counting the days. Waiting is.